To hell with resolutions... I have other plans!
Recently I had a bit of an epiphany. All the holiday celebrations were over and the house was clean and quiet. All the sudden I found myself watching the TV with a new pair of eyes. All of the New Year's fitness miracles were now being sold to whoever would be willing to buy them.
I began thinking about a book I’d read many years ago about body building and how most of the sport (in the authors opinion) was mental and not psychical. There was a phrase that I still remember he kept saying over & over… “a dream without a plan is just a wish”.
Basically said, the author was trying to emphasize the importance of Goal Setting. Goal Setting involves establishing specific, measurable and time targeted objectives… the more detailed they are, the more liable you are to be successful!
You see, resolutions are our best intentions, but how often do we follow through with those intentions without specific, measurable goals and the time lines in which we want to achieve those goals?
I bring this up because if fitness is truly your GOAL and truly what you want for a lifetime, then go about turning your resolutions in to your goals and bring them to fruition.
It's not easy having goals staring you in the face every single day. In fact my goals make me VERY uncomfortable; they remind me of my past and the determination and sacrifice I’ll need to put forth to get back to that physical condition. They remind me of the level of detail they required, and the fact that I really could use some improvement on my level of detail. Either way, the job must get done, not only for me but for the two ladies (Erika & Piper) that I intend to share my life with.
So, here it is in a nutshell: goals make things happen. They help you remember why you started this process in the first place. Several months in to the year they will remind you of where you started on day 1 and how far you've come day by 182, and eventually by day 365. They will show you where you were unreasonable, and they show you that you can do more when you put your mind to it.
No matter how successful you are, or what you win, or whether you become a Champion… whatever drove you to be successful continues to drive you long after you've done what you thought was all you really wanted to do.
Let's start this year by forgetting to make resolutions and instead go about setting some real goals for 2014… then we can pick up here in April to compare notes!